fantasticast four #25:
hulk vs the thing round 3.6
Sensational Story by: Stan Lee
Astonishing Art by: Jack Kirby
Incredible Inking by: George Roussos
Lighthearted Lettering by: S. Rosen
This is it. The final blow in this near-issue-length fight between the two biggest brawlers in the Marvel Universe at this time. It's a slightly disappointing panel - Kirby saves the big moment for the Hulk storming away, looking for the Avengers, giving it a full 2/3-page panel.
However, there is no doubt about it in Fantastic Four #25 - the Thing is beaten thoroughly, and it's only the Hulk's true aim - to track down and destroy the Avengers - that keeps him from being killed. This then feeds the first true cliffhanger in the Fantastic Four, where a battered and beaten Ben hauls himself to his feet, vowing to stop the Hulk, even if it means his death. It's a phenomenal note to end the book on, and one of the greatest cliffhangers in Marvel's history.
Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #25 on our twenty-fifth episode: It'll Be Our Little Secret, with special guest-host Michael Bailey